We carried this classic car rewire out for a local body shop who were restoring this classic beetle back to its former glory.
As simple as these old cars are, there is still a surprising amount of wiring in them, so with a trusty one-page wiring diagram – bear in mind modern cars wiring diagrams take up a whole book – we set to work.
One thing that made this classic car rewire a whole lot easier was the customer supplied a complete new premade wiring harness (loom), so we labeled all the connections and began removing the old one.
As we lay in the new wiring, small differences between models became apparent as certain connections didn’t fit, or wires were too short to reach. These were easily remedied so we moved on to testing each component. Because the car had been neglected for so long, certain parts needed to be repaired or replaced along the way (such as the flasher unit and generator regulator).
Incredibly, there is only 6 wires going to the complete engine, making the lighting circuit the most time-consuming system to complete and check over. With all the connections finished, lights, wipers, gauges, starting and charging systems checked and wiring neatly secured, we were all done.
With the customer happy with the result, there certainly is a real satisfaction in playing a part of restoring a classic car and seeing it back on the road instead of rusting away, forgotten in a backyard somewhere.
If you’re in need of custom wiring to restore your classic car, get in touch here. We’d be happy to help.